lal·la·tion la-'lā-shən n
1) infantile speech whether in infants or in older speakers (as from mental retardation)
2) a defective articulation of the letter l, the substitution of /l/ for another sound, or the substitution of another sound for /l/ compare LAMBDACISM (2)

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1. unintelligible speech-like babbling, as heard from infants.
2. the immature substitution of one consonant for another (e.g. 'l' for 'r').

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lal·la·tion (lə-laґshən) [L. lallare to sing a lullaby] a language disorder consisting of babbling, infantile speech.

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  • lallation — [ la(l)lasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1808; lat. lallare « dire la la », onomat. ♦ Didact. 1 ♦ Lambdacisme. 2 ♦ Émission de sons plus ou moins articulés par l enfant, avant l acquisition du langage. ⇒ gazouillis. La lallation précède le babillage. ● lallation… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Lallation — Lal*la tion, n. [L. lallare to sing lalla, or lullaby: cf. F. lallation.] An imperfect enunciation of the letter r, in which it sounds like l. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lallation — Lallation, s. Lambda …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • lallation — [la lā′shən] n. [< pp. of L lallare, to sing a lullaby] LAMBDACISM …   English World dictionary

  • Lallation — A Lallation is an imperfect enunciation of the letter r , in which it sounds like l , as frequently found in infantile speech.The speech pattern has been particularly associated with the use of the English language by Chinese people [ [http://www …   Wikipedia

  • lallation — /la lay sheuhn/, n. Phonet. a speech defect in which l is pronounced instead of r, or in which an l sound is mispronounced. Cf. lambdacism. [1640 50; < L lalla(re) to sing lala or lullaby + TION] * * * …   Universalium

  • lallation — noun a) the incorrect pronunciation of the letter r so that it sounds like an l b) baby talk or gibberish …   Wiktionary

  • lallation — (lal la sion) s. f. Vice de prononciation qui consiste à appuyer sur les l mal à propos, comme si chacune de ces lettres était double, ou à les mouiller indument, ou à les substituer à la lettre r. On dit aussi et plus souvent lambdacisme …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • lallation — n. speech defect in which l is said in place of r (Phonetics) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lallation — [la leɪʃ(ə)n] noun imperfect speech, especially the pronunciation of r as l. Origin C17: from L. lallatio(n ), from lallare sing a lullaby …   English new terms dictionary

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